International Air Law and ICAO

Michael Milde 9789490947354 | 2 edition, 2012


This is the second edition of the acclaimed 'International Air Law and ICAO', first published in 2008. The book has been fully updated to take the latest developments into account. Specialized legal literature dealing with different aspects of international air law is rare, the developments often overtake the existing writings and there is a continuous need not only for updating but also for future-oriented thinking. There is a practical need for a compact but exhaustive and easily comprehensible textbook or reference book that deals with the most general aspects of international air law, as well as with the constitutional issues and law-making functions of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

This book fills this gap as it is a general treatise of the law of international civil aviation aimed at the needs of university students and educators, government authorities, airlines, practicing lawyers, journalists, international organizations and the general public.

Target group

This publication is aimed at university students and educators, government authorities, airlines, practising lawyers.

Author's information

Born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, Michael Milde started his career in law in 1955 when he graduated from Charles University with a masters degree and commenced working as associate professor of private international law, comparative law and commercial law in the same university. His academic record spans no less than three earned doctorates in law and various other legal qualifications.
Dr. Milde has published numerous books, the most recent of which is International Air Carrier Liability: The Montreal Convention of 1999, coauthored with Dr. Paul Stephen Dempsey, Director of the Institute of Air and Space Law, McGill University. He has also published many leading articles in international law journals and has presented papers at conferences in all parts of the world. During his tenure as Director of the Institute of Air and Space Law, ICAO awarded the Institute the prestigious Edward Warner Award, which is the highest public acknowledgment of contribution to international civil aviation. From 1989 to 2002, Dr. Milde was Editor in Chief of the Annals of Air and Space Law published by McGill University. He is also on the editorial board of many leading international law journals. In recognition of his many contributions to the Institute of Air and Space Law, McGill University conferred the title Director Emeritus on him in 2006.

This book is motivated by the author’s 25 years of experience (1966-1991) in the Secretariat of ICAO in Montreal – his last 8 years as Director of the Legal Bureau. In equal measure the inspiration for the content of this book came from the author’s academic work as Director of the Institute of Air and Space Law of McGill University (1989-1998) and his role as Professor of Law at that Institute until 2006 teaching this subject to graduate students from different parts of the world and different legal cultures.


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